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week." u.s. and allied bombs and missiles hammer libyan targets. the rebels gain ground. and the president prepares to make his pitch to the american people. >> it's u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> what if gadhafi stays? just back from the middle east, robert gates and hillary clinton come to "this week" for their first interviews since the attacks began to make the president's case. what does victory look like? kit be achieved? at what cost? >>> then -- >> i don't have any regrets at all. >> what would donald rumsfeld do in a third war. and he'll respond to critics who say he's been rewriting history. >>> and george will and the "roundtable" will talk to us. why is one hopeful having a tough time agreeing with himself. >> announcer: live from the newseum. >>> some major developments in libya. rebel forces have scored a key victory taking back the oil town of brega in theest. they continue the push west. abc's alex marquardt is in benghazi. what is the mood there? >> reporter: a lot of gun fire and horn honking. a quick advance toward the west was expected follo
, whether the u.s. should help the rebels by providing them with weapons. emily schmidt has the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. president obama says he is looking at all options to support the rebels. but when members of the international diplomatic community met in london and had a chance to talk about it, one member said the talk of arming rebels didn't come up. with nato set to take command of military operation, president obama says moammar gadhafi is feeling the pressure. >> the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening. their days are probably numbered. >> reporter: diplomats from more than three dozen countries met in london yesterday, to discuss libya in a potential post-gadhafi era. >> we must help people plan for their future after the conflict is over. >> reporter: but forces loyal to gadhafi are pushing back rebels from ground they just gained. diplomats say they did not discuss arming the rebels. though, the idea is up for debate. >> there could be a legitimate transfer of arms if i country would choose to do that. >> we are th
j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j? >>> making news in america this morning -- >> the u.s. gets ready to hand off the mission in libya, after president obama makes his case to the nation, that military intervention was necessary. >>> from california, a sliding hillside puts homes in danger. families told to get out before their houses tumbled down. >>> and the drastic measures taken by one teen who wanted a new car. wait until you hear what she did to get it. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. president obama takes his case for military action against libya on the road today. it will be part of a major speech that mr. obama gives later today. >> right here in new york. >> and last night, the president spoke to the nation to defend his choices and also to announce that nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with all the details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning to you. before president obama used the word libya last night, he said the words international effort. and he said the wo
for president obama as members of congress and many across this country ask, why is the u.s. part of this operation? his own defense secretary telling abc news today this is not a vital national interest. so, as the president prepares to address the nation tomorrow, can he convince americans that the u.s. should be involved in this operation? as the u.s. hands over power to nato what is the end game for american forces? and will there be a deal with gaffedy if to get him out? david kerley looefds us off at the white house tonight. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. the administration attacked the air waves today, making its case a week into the bombing of libya, a day before the president's big speech. and, even the president's own defense secretary admitted on abc's "this week" that libya did not pose a threat. >> do you think libya posed a threat to the united states? >> no, no. it was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the united states. but it was an interest. >> reporter: an interest, gates says, because gadhafi threatened to slaughter his own people. facing
. >>> gorgeous shot there. well, this week president obama addressed the nation saying the u.s. had to act in libya. on tuesday he continued to push that message when he sat down with abc's diane sawyer. >> the two talked about where things now stand in that civil war-torn country as well as the future of its dictator, moammar gadhafi. >> reporter: as of this moment, any sign gadhafi wants out? >> well, i think what we're seeing is that the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening, that their days are probably numbered, and they're going to have to think through what their next steps are. >> we are hearing tonight, it's fierce fighting. the u.s. must send munitions. how long would it take to get there? >> well, you know, i wouldn't speculate on that. i think that it's fair to say that if we wanted to get weapons into libya we probably could. we're looking at all our options at this point. but keep in mind what we've accomplished. we have instituted no-fly zone that can be sustained for quite some time because it's an international effort. >> reporter: i want to try to
obama to get the very latest on moammar gadhafi and whether the u.s. will have to go even further, even giving arms to the rebels in libya. today, the rebels seemed to be under assault by gadhafi's forces, taking big casualties. and at the same time, in the nearby country of syria, their president was forced to promise big changes there, streets filled with protesters. but in my interview with the president, i started by asking about gadhafi, and those reports that he is trying to make a deal. as of this moment, any sign gadhafi wants out? >> well, i think what we're seeing is that the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening. that their days are probably numbered. and they're going to have to think through what their next sketch steps are. but as i have been very clear about throughout, there are certain things they can do that will send a signal that he's ready to go. until that time, we're going to keep on applying pressure and hopefully he's going to be getting the message soon. >> reporter: if gadhafi winds up in a villa some place in zip bam way with no war c
'll talk about how the mission has been a success. now it's time for the u.s. to step back and play a support role. these are the questions we'll be asking our guests today, on "this week." secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary of defense robert gates. questions along the lines of, how long will we be there? that's a question i put specifically to defense secretary gates. do you think we'll be gone by the end of the year? do you think the mission will be over by the end of the year? >> i don't think anybody knows the answer. >> i think that's a difficult point for the president to make to the people. you'll probably see him try to skate over the end game. he'll try to paint the fact that we're receding back to a support role as an exit strategy of sorts. >> so a big question mark there. jake, the white house is trying to make a clear distinction between military action and violence across the middle east. that we have continued to see. >> that's a question i'll put to secretary of state clinton. people suffering from repressive governments and slaughter all over the world
speech to the nation monday night to explain the u.s. role in libya. and this morning, in his weekly radio address, he defended sending forces there, saying the mission has been a success. david kerley is at the white house. david, the president appears to have gone on the offense, taking a lot of heat from both sides. >> reporter: he has taken a lot of criticism. you're starting to see the rollout this morning of the message from this white house that this is going well. and trying to explain to the american people what the president hopes to accomplish in libya. the weekly address today. tomorrow, you'll see the secretary of state and the defense secretary, out on the sunday shows. and the speech by the president on monday night. they have been criticized. the president spoke to 21 members of congress on a conference call, trying to nullify their concerns last night. >> and, david, nato is supposed to take over in libya tomorrow. but how involved with the u.s. be in day-to-day operations there? >> reporter: that's a message that has not been very clear. the president says that the
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